Augmented Reality Games

Augmented Reality Games

Baris Atiker (Bahcesehir University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7589-8.ch007
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Augmented reality strengthens its ties with the gaming world every day. The fact that smartphones can be used as an augmented reality tool, in particular, shows this interest as a remarkable phenomenon for both gamers and game producers. The development of augmented reality applications is of great importance for the future of the gaming world, as it is not only limited to mobile phones but also covers more sophisticated devices. This research intends to evaluate how augmented reality games interpret gaming concepts and principles, through field research methods, new applications, and studies that deal with gamification, presence, immersion, and game transfer phenomena. It is also aimed to make inferences about how our daily life can be gamified in the near future thanks to augmented reality.
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Augmented Reality Games

Augmented Reality, under the umbrella of Extended Reality (XR), is an interdisciplinary subject of artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. Augmented Reality is a technology that organically integrates physical (visual and auditory) information between the real and virtual world through computer simulation, which is difficult or impossible to experience in a certain time and place in the real world. Augmented Reality devices instantly calculate the user’s position and angle framed by the camera and superimpose the digital images by matching them with the real objects in the three-dimensional environment.

Virtual and Augmented Reality games, which have become increasingly popular in recent years, have led to the need to look at the concept of reality from a different perspective. In virtual reality games, the user is fully surrounded by an artificial image, while in Augmented Reality real world is still visible. In Augmented Reality games, players can only partially disconnect from the real world. At this point, the player's presence is challenged not only mentally but also physically.

Augmented Reality uses three-dimensional motion graphics to blend digital images with the user's point of view. Unlike Virtual Reality, which creates a completely artificial environment, Augmented Reality aims to keep the user inside by creating add-ons to the real world. Because of this feature, Augmented Reality is a subset of virtual reality that is rapidly gaining ground among app developers, businesses, and gamers alike.

Augmented Reality applications have been able to overcome many technological obstacles in recent years, thanks to mobile phones that can integrate face and voice recognition technologies. Also factors such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, the Internet of Things, 5G, and cloud computing are driving the growth of Augmented Reality in coming years, making those technologies an indispensable part of the gaming industry of the future.

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